By Sydney Goldberg
I posted the video above as my Facebook status, after I saw it in the Loaded Newsletter email.
These are the heated comments I received:
Person 1: Hecccccccck yeah longboards!
Person 2: Even though these girls are no Ysabella, the video rocks, and it can spread stoke to other girl riders knowing there’s more of them out there.
Person 3: Dang, all my future girl friends in one video…
Person 4: A lot of them are just attention freaks! This girl is a real longboarder though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IemP557PKF0&feature=related
Person 3: I don’t know about attention freaks…They look like a bunch of chicks getting out there and doing it right. Smiles and all. No branding or sanding. No doubt gnarly is real but still, all about the feel.
Person 5: Uh, That Sector 9 Katie Neilson girl rips because she has good style, goes for it, and is not afraid to challenge herself. Maybe you don’t understand Person 3 because you are not a girl skater like Person 4 and I but we push ourselves. That to me is what skating is about, not just looking hot while you cruise down the street.
Person 3: Uh a lil sexist there Person 5. I remember being a kid and dropping into big bowls and eating shit all day long. I also remember a day before Adam [Colton] and Adam [Stokowski] and people doing longboarding tricks. My point being everyone crawls before they walk. Everyone sucks when they first start out. I don’t see these girls not pushing themselves. The fact they are out skating and not doing their nails is a good start. Lets try and support each other, especially female skaters. Skateboarding itself has turned into a culture of hate because of popularity and fashion. If you’re that jealous, make your own gnar bar video, and send it out. Either or get off of your high horses of negativity.
Person 6: Check out Katie Neilson and Ysabella from Loaded. Those girls rip way more than these ladies above. Truth, so stop judging their skating ability with your…
– Love Person 5’s Roomate
Person 2: Dude Person 3’s not the one judging, Person 5 is. I still love you.
Person 6: : Loves it.
Person 4: The reason they aren’t sitting around doing their nails in this video is because they did it before they decided to leisure around. Lets support people that actually enjoy skating and not the people that just try too look cool. This gives girl skaters a bad name when there are real girl skaters like Katie Neilson. This also doesn’t encourage girls to go challenge their abilities because people like you are satisfied with the basics. Judging isn’t a bad thing either, it’s human. This isn’t even really judging from our perspective, its more like common sense if you used you’re brain.
How do you think the “Longboard Girls Crew” YouTube clip represents skateboarding?
In response to Person 3’s request, here is my 11 second “gnar bar” video.
Sydney Goldberg is a senior at Indiana University studying Journalism, Studio Art, and Art History. Twitter me ♥